Browsing Posts tagged DIY

Missing class terrifies many teachers. Not to knock brave substitute teachers – they’re in an unwinnable situation where they have to walk into unfamiliar territory and try to teach a subject they may or may not know. Still, when you get back, you know you’ll have to play catch-up to get your class back on […]

How many times have you laid in bed, unable to sleep, thinking, “The wall-sized dry erase board in my classroom is just too big?” Never? Me neither. Wall-sized works just fine for me. But if you’re in the market for something smaller- I mean, a lot smaller- Metacafe’s got a 40-second video called Make a […]

Are you using screencasts yet? For the uninitiated, screencasts are mini-movies that demonstrate how to perform tasks on the computer. And making your own is super-easy thanks to Screencast-o-Matic. Easy to use and incredibly useful – that’s a combo that we at Instructify always appreciate. Screencast-o-Matic uses a transparent frame that you place over whatever […]

Cassette tapes have gone the way of the dodo, to say the least, but that doesn’t mean you have to let those mix tapes disintegrate into oblivion. With this helpful step-by-step guide, you can now digitize your old tapes for the modern age. Whether it be those now extinct children’s sing-alongs or your favorite book […]

Face it: you need stuff for your classroom. And there’s not enough money to pay for it all. Well, with an online community called Freecycle and a little vigilance, you may get some of that stuff for free. Freecycle works on a pretty simple principle: it’s better to give your old stuff away to someone […]

Growing up in Nebraska, winter fell on us like a cold, dirty blanket. Sure, we got snow, but all those empty corn fields meant lots of dust on streets, buildings, and especially the cars. If only we’d had a guy like Scott Wade around to break up the winter blahs. Dirty rear automobile windows are […]

I never go anywhere without paper and a pen. Those little Moleskine notebooks work great—they’re durable, and you can keep a lot of info in there. They also cost $10-12, and feel a little bulky in your pocket. If you’re a thrifty teacher with back pain, you may want to look at PocketMod, a do-it-yourself […]

Rescue some technology from the trash and stretch your school’s supply budget with this cool project. Does your school have a busted laptop or a flat screen monitor bound for the dumpster? Hack-2-School, a site for design students, shows how you can combine the LCD screen with an old overhead projector to make a wall-filling […]